Doesn't a constitutional amendment have to be ultimately voted by the people to pass? I agree with mr. miller on amendment 71. with more barriers to getting an amendment on the ballot then only the rich interests (like oil and gas promoting this amendment) can get an amendment on the ballot.
the voters should be the main barrier to an amendment not money. do we have so little faith in the voters of this state... ok forget that (amendment 2) but money should not be the main barrier to let the people have a say in this state.
That was a great article. Mark is one of the most upstanding men I know and I'm not writing this because he's my nephew. I have been at almost every milestone of Mark's, from graduating BYU, Georgetown & Boston Law School, to the batispm of his children. Mark is an unusual candidate in that "WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET" Mark will not tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you what he believes in his heart! Mark will never compromise his beliefs and moral for a "vote" but will always stand up "with a strong ethical voice" Hopefully the voters of Colorado Springs will vote for "CHANGE" and vote for a Strong Ethical Man! A very proud aunt in Las Vegas... Helena Garcia
Has anyone considered that Trump is not genuinely running for President? Maybe Clinton just needed a buffoon for hire in order to make her appear to be a reasonable candidate. I would not be surprised to find Trump working for the Clintons. Either way, no matter who secures the position, there will be no winners in this election. Every American citizen loses this time around. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.
Any elected official running for reelection who supported Donald Trump most certainly should lose. Trump has proposed "extreme vetting" for people immigrating to this country. I should think that those sycophantic supporters (make that mostly former supporters) of Donald Trump should have done a little "extreme vetting" of their own...almost everything that has come forward about this boorish lout is on the public stage, either in his ghost-written books or in the multitude of interviews and show out takes, leaked videos and vile comments directly from the horse's asses mouth. This goes for local elections as well as national down-ballot races.
There will be no change if incumbents who supported T.Rump are reelected. Throw the bums out.
Misty Plowright? Arn Menconni?
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To the editors of the Indy-
I am gathering that this publication is in support of HRC for president. I also see that nationally, the public is receiving the ultimatum of "vote HRC, or Trump may nuke the world".
I cannot vote HRC. I do not want Trump as president, and I recognize this crossroads.
HRC, objectively, is a war-hawk. The current situation in the Middle East ( notably Libya, Yemen and Syria) is directly attritubuted to the line of thinking to which she aligns and has promoted.
There are, literally, many millions of people in suffering we cannot empathize with. Millions without water, electricity, medical services- due to our unrelenting, and unconstitutional, bombing campaigns. We have provided over $100 billion in arms deals to Saudi Arabia since 2008, it is the only true Caliphate in the region. HRC is a direct supporter of this and we are likely to see continued escalation in the area with her presidency. Literally- millions of people dying and suffering- for selected economic interests of the plutocracy. We may as well be voting in one of the Dulles brothers.
Add to that the reality that the democratic primary process was fraudulent - it is very difficult- for me impossible - to morally justify a vote for HRC with the idea of her being any kind of good leader for our country.
As a progressive publication- respect the many voices of objectivity which do not have such an easy time acquiescing to the corruption of our supposed democracy, or the murder of millions in the Middle East which do us no good. We hope that our refusal to accept to such corruption- and our vocal admonition against it- serves to prevent it in the future. What are your thoughts?
Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents may or may not have believed in nukes, actually who did? However, pamphlets, flyers, radio broadcasts warned those people days in advance to evacuate those cities. The Japanese being proud of their culture of brutality toward other people under the rule of an Emperor and tyrant stayed put.
Tim LaFrance (all the way down in Durango) says Voting Libertarian is actually a vote for Trump?? Okay then I will vote as I had planned, LIbertarian. Only idiots and fools would vote democrat or republican. They have been in charge too long. So you believe Trump will really screw things up?? Good. That means for once in its history America and its citizens are going to have to get busy. First keep your Rights and second learn them. Third study The Constitution and restore government back to that concept, it worked and is still viable. Fourth turn off the TV, that is where your stupidity comes from. Better start getting to know your neighbors and trust them. If you cannot then it sucks to be you. Defend yourself, nobody else will.
A Trump presidency and its predicted disaster for us all is really the best thing one can hope for, unless you are, as I said an idiot, then again it sucks to be you as well. Hillary? Reallary?
Trump's a Chump- do you love it, do ya hate it, there it is the way you made it. Get out of your smug little world and say only what you know not the crap you think is true because stupid debates and campaign lies not to mention the Indy told you. Politicians, the media and your children all lie to you. I would never dream of doing that.
Jennifer St George Palmer - as the husband of a retired teacher I agree wholeheartedly that the conflicting messages are a bad visual...and that schools need more support economically. The bulk of anti-school rhetoric comes from people who don't understand the benefit of good education for ALL of our children because they don't have children. And don't pay any attention to Tannim, our resident snarker in chief - he only does that when he doesn't have anything deeper to say.
Larimore Nicholl: Spot on. I live in the proximity of an old processing facility that still pollutes our environment after being declared a Superfund site in '86. Lots of 'unexplained' maladies here. am not interested in nuclear power or nuclear weapons as solutions to anything human.
Gina: At one point I would have said it was over the top...but no longer. No way we let that orangutan near the Court or the nuclear codes. Speaking of the court, if folks would dig down into the reason for our backward slide economically under W, remember, he had two appointments to the Court - electing a Republican, whether he nominates Charlie Sheen or not, would keep the Court in its current 5 - 4 configuration. Similarly, keeping Congress in its current configuration would literally mean 'more of the same' - more sequesters, more shutdowns, more obstructionism. Hard to really blame any sitting president for the actions of a Congress that openly declared their opposition to anything that president proposed - like the Republican Congress did to President Obama. (Notice the use of the respectful term for our current president?). BTW, not that he would accept after the meat grinder he's just been through, my choice might include a former recently sitting President...chew on that one, all you regressive types!
Reasonable conclusion regarding state elections, John, but still missing the point as far as national election is concerned. I get the feeling that a part of that proposal should be reworded, but still support the right of unaffiliated voters to participate in the process. The key word in all of this is 'voters'. Let's try not to disenfranchise anyone.
BigJ - Got one right and one wrong. And Tannim was wrong about no one being entitled to a vote. He's still all hung up on the 2nd and 4th Amendments and has forgotten we ALL have the right to vote (unless we live in a state where those RIGHTS have been suppressed). Oh, and the shots aren't called from Shriever - that stuff happens over under Cheyenne Mountain - but we're still a pretty rich target.
And, lastly - Tannim: Gosh, you're so predictable it's silly. Still the snarky one. Grow up...although I agree that votes can't be stolen - at least without gerrymandering shenanigans or Russian hacking.
No mention of Misty Plowright.
This is a true assessment.
Rosenbaum will win District 4. Ask the voters down here
BigJohnson: Nope. You are clueless. Votes come from individuals, and candidates earn them. Nobody is entitled to a vote, and nobody can steal a vote from a candidate.
When you learn how voting actually works, get back to us.
Larimore Nicholl: Insane much? Even Trump, as stupid as he is, won't use nukes.
Jennifer St. George Plamer: Shorten your name to something less than a paragraph, then ask D20 why they keep mismanaging funds before you vote NO on 3A.
Gina Douglas: Don't quit your day job, if you have one, for stand-up comedy.
William Escovitz: You support a fee increase for service that is being cut back? Your heart attack had nothing to do with 911 services in their box.
John Morris: So? Political parties by definition have the exclusive right to determnine their own candidates. Both open and closed primaries forced on the political parties by the state are unconstitutional. That's reason enough to vote no on 108. Had you been at the citizens Project forum last night downtown, you would have heard these arguments.
The right to sue Israel? Lemme guess... You HAD a letter about that and your editor was testing twelve local craft beers when he approved the old title...same title, haha. Anyway, Lari should move to Whitefish MT if he lies awake at night in the top missile target town in the WORLD, it's all about Schriever. My family sleeps soundly KNOWING...great movie despite Nick Cage...that we will go to Jesus in a flash. None of us will wander blindly in a MADMAX wasteland. Defeatist? Absolutely! The TV goes to Goodwill on November 7th. Good luck pussies!
Libertarian votes come from republicans. Green Party votes come from dems.
A great article. But the sad fact is that it's the history of this town, no matter who has been in charge, to destroy our heritage and our history. Chase Stone Center has to be the biggest eye sore right now and I won't even talk about the Chief Theater/Burns Theater. We just stick up anything and then try to use lipstick and makeup to make it appear acceptable. Thanks for your caring.
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Tannim, Trump borrowed a "yuge" amount of money and frittered it away on jets, doodads and trinkets for various women in his life, real estate, bare land, hotels, etc, etc - he 'built his brand' with borrowed money, then began defaulting on those loans when the interest payments became too onerous. The bankruptcy of four ventures followed, along with the loss of jobs, decimation of investors, and more we can't know about because he won't release his taxes. The biggest questions involve the possibility of him claiming interest payments as deductions while claiming business losses on those same items at the same time. Perhaps not just tax avoidance but tax evasion, a genuine crime. Trump is skating on thin ice with his taxes.
We still need to know why Russia came to his defense in the United Nations spat, on who he is beholden to in the Russian oligarchy, what the terms of his Chinese banking arrangements are, and why he calls Kim Jong Un and Vlad the Annexer strong leaders. Does that portend the type of reign he envisions for himself in the Presidency?
Helen, Thanks for the article. I have a different reason for wanting to keep the Colorado constitutional amending process as simple as possible is because of things that have gotten into the constitution that need revision or repeal...TABOR comes to mind.
Tannim, one more time - be nice. Doctors and nurses WILL be able to avoid paperwork and spend more time on care. The current health insurance industry is a giant tapeworm in our system, sucking 30% of the value from premiums collected for the benefit of CEOs, Boards of Directors and investors. It is as corrupt as anything I can imagine. One of the things that might go away is the $4000 one night room charge I experienced recently - that's just one thing that will change, along with $150 tylenol, just to mention a couple of sore spots. Go enjoy a broken leg in France, or Canada, for that matter - no charge, just get better - bon jour!
Mr. Little - the importance of local newspapers is a mixed bag that is often influenced by corporate masters. Where I live they installed a devout religious type as the man in charge and the newspaper reflects that...except that it only reflects that. Not much substance. I haven't read your periodical, but will pick one up the next time I'm in Westcliffe.
Helen Collins: While 71 is simply a bad idea (see my comments on the article about it this week), the "one person, one vote" concept doesn't apply to petition signature gathering, only voting. See Gray v. Sanders, Baker V. Carr, and Reynolds v. Sims, et al.
Brent Weiner: Minimizing taxes is as American as baseball, Mom, and Apple Pie. That being said, neither Trump nor Clinton should be elected.
April Orcutt: Please stay in California. We don't need your crap here, or Amendment 69. It's simply a bad idea.
Jim Little: You do honorable work, however: "But they also — hopefully — will serve these distinct communities with a measure of newspapering integrity." Don't bet on it.
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